Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig has covered college or pro football for 27 of his 31 years as a sports writer at the Canton (Ohio) Repository (1987-99) and Star Tribune. He is in his 24th season of covering the NFL. He is one of the 48 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."


Spielman makes it clear: 'Kirk Cousins is our quarterback'

Rick Spielman reaffirmed Cousins' status on the team and gave updates on Danielle Hunter and Michael Pierce in a wide-ranging news conference.


How Brady's 'fast-twitch' brain led the Bucs to a championship

On the NFL: After a slow start, the 43-year-old quarterback found his rhythm in a balanced game plan to earn a seventh Super Bowl ring.


Brady, Buccaneers defense dominate Kansas City in 31-9 Super Bowl victory

Tom Brady, the greatest of all-time, beat the Patrick Mahomes, the greatest of this time, with a ton of help from one of the grandest team defensive performances in Super Bowl history.


Super Bowl coaches Reid, Arians are cut from the same cloth

Andy Reid and Bruce Arians are in control but not controlling. Patient, yet aggressive. Teachers, not screamers. Leaders who are comfortable in their own wrinkled skin.


Former Vikings defensive end Allen falls well short of NFL Hall of Fame vote

Pass-rushing standout Jared Allen was eliminated in January's first round of cuts. Five modern-era players made it, including Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson.


Mark Craig's Super Bowl preview and prediction: Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City

Will Kansas City win back-to-back titles? Or will Tom Brady win his seventh championship at 43? And what impact could be made by the former Gophers in the game?


In Brady vs. Belichick debate, Bucs defense would like a word

The quarterback and his Patriots coach complemented each other well. But Tom Brady and Tampa's defense are in this together too.


'Man, it's crazy.' Ex-Gophers Winfield, Johnson on a Super surreal journey

Somewhere in Minneapolis, Gophers coach P.J. Fleck had to be thinking of splicing together all the "crazies" for a Ski-U-Mah recruiting infomercial.


Super Bowl LV players, coaches with Minnesota connections

From Tom Brady to Tom Moore, there are several players and coaches in Super Bowl LV with Minnesota ties.


Chiefs offensive coordinator Bieniemy will be an NFL head coach, but when?

The Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy, despite all his success success, inexplicably remains a candidate for an NFL head coaching job rather than locking up a position.